What factors determine the timing of elite defection in conditions of post-Soviet personalistic presidentialism? How do relations with a powerful patron state affect this process? This article analyzes these questions on the basis of a case study of Transnistria, a de facto state with strong links to Russia. It argues that privatization processes involving actors from the patron state provide a unique opening for elite defection by heightening tensions between the rent-seeking interests of the personalistic president and those of new owners; direct or indirect signals from the patron state may also affect elite’s perceptions of incumbent durability and their corresponding decisions.
Privatization and elite defection in de facto states: The case of Transnistria, 1991–2012
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Margarita M. Balmaceda; Privatization and elite defection in de facto states: The case of Transnistria, 1991–2012. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 December 2013; 46 (4): 445–454. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2013.08.001
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